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Sports from the week of March 29, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Baseball team will field new starting infield

"The day of our first game is rapidly approaching," said Assistant Panther Baseball Coach Joe Kemp. "We are building arm strength by gradually increasing the number of pitches we allow our pitchers to throw each day."

The Panthers lost all four infielders from last year's team that finished third in the state baseball tournament through graduation.

The Panthers open their season April 6 at Prinsburg against Central Minnesota Christian. Their first home game is on April 7 against Murray County Central.

Boys look to contend for sub-section golf title, girls need team balance, Track opener looms ahead

The Panther boys' golf team is looking to Dane Schmiesing, Eric Peterson, Geoff Ruppert, Bill Knott, Andy Engesser, Kevin Fultz, Jake Petrreins, Mark Hanson, Jon Coudron, Pat Robbins and Derrick McKee to lead them to a successful season.

"We should be able to contend for the sub-section boys team title this year," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "We should be able to hold our own against Windom, Luverne and Pipestone-Jasper."

The girls are looking to Heidi Peterson, Kristen Rokke, Catie Macken, Brady Averill, Kasey Loeslie and Heather Engesser to make them competitive.

The outlook for the girls team is more uncertain, McIntire said.

Track opener is Tuesday

The Panther track team continues to prepare for their season opener Tuesday at Luverne.

"The kids are working hard," said Coach Steve Jones. "They are getting to the point where they want the real competition instead of practice."

"We had a good turnout of lunior high kids on Monday and are looking to them to add depth to both the boys and the girls teams," observed Jones. "

Tracy youth wrestlers place 6th in Regional NYWA competition

The Tracy Prairie Pavilion was bustling with activity on Sunday afternoon as seven area youth wrestling teams competed in the National Youth Wrestling Association Regional Tournament. Teams from Adrian, Windom, Wabasso, Minneota, Canby, Albert Lea and Tracy were represented.

In the Championship round an exciting matchup between Albert Lea and Adrian resulted in a 55-23 win for Albert Lea. The third and fourth place match had Wabasso over Minneota 52-15. Fifth and sixth place match had Windom defeating Tracy 46-19.

The top four teams will compete in the upcoming NYWA Youth Tournament to be held in Rochester on April 8 & 9.